April 30, 2018
It's easy to see why so many people like this trail. There is something for everyone in this massive DFW trail.
If you're on the east side of the trail, expect fun flowy singletrack. Terrain is mostly loose over hardpack with the occasional rocky sections and the trail is very well thought out and takes advantage of the elevation changes perfectly. Climbs are mostly short and manageable, with a few seriously gnarly scattered about. Nearly every climb is followed by a fun descent, and what's really amazing is how fast you can go (and for how long), considering this is fairly flat terrain surrounded by houses. There are a handful of jumps, drops, and rock covered technical climbs scattered throughout, and its well marked and VERY easy to navigate.
If you take the West side, you're in for a much more challenging and "Rocky" experience. The elevation changes aren't all that different from the east side, but there are LOTS of rock gardens with BIG rocks, perfect for catching your pedal or derailleur on, and usually there are only one or two very technical paths through.
If you're visiting DFW This should be the first trail you ride. It has multiple trailheads, but the best one to start from is probably the MADD shelter in Murrell Park.
(Note: Northshore trail and "Grapevine lake" trail are all really the same trail, which is Northshore. And although it says that the trail is 19 miles its really closer to 22)
Cedar Hill State Park